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Three injured in crash east of Veneta

The driver of one of the vehicles said she swerved to avoid a pedestrian and lost control.

Posted: Jan 17, 2020 11:59 AM
Updated: Jan 17, 2020 12:04 PM

VENETA, Ore. – Traffic was backed up for hours Thursday night following a crash on Highway 126 east of Veneta near Perkins Peninsula Park.

Three people were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The crash happened at 5:50 p.m., when an eastbound Dodge Durango swerved to avoid a pedestrian on the shoulder and lost control of the vehicle. The Dodge slid into the path of a westbound Subaru Impreza and collided with the Subaru’s front end.

The driver and passenger from the Dodge and the driver of the Subaru were taken to the hospital by ambulance. Oregon State Police said the three sustained serious injuries.

The pedestrian, who was reported by the Dodge driver to be walking westbound on the highway’s eastbound shoulder, was not found.

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